What are the three ways to solve a quadratic equation?

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- Factorization
- Completing the square
- The quadratic formula

What are the steps to solving a quadratic equation by factorising?

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- Get everything on one side, leaving just 0 on the other. (i.e. x
^{2}-2x+1=0).
- Factorise, so you get something like (x+a)(x+b)=0.
- Solve each parenthesis for x. (i.e. x+a=0 and x+b=0)

^{2}-2x+1=0).

How can you recognize that an equation is quadratic?

Some variable is squared.

It can always be written as:

ax^{2}+bx+c=0

What are the steps for factorising a quadratic equation?

ax^{2}+bx+c=0

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- Factor out any common factors. (So anything that goes into all of the terms. i.e. 6x
^{2}-2x-8 = 2 (3x^{2}-x-4))
- Make a list of all the factors that multiply to make
*ac*.
- Check to see which two factors from step two add to the
*b* term.
- Rewrite the equation, separating the middle term into the two factors you found.
- Take the common factors out of the first two terms and the last two, and regroup.

^{2}-2x-8 = 2 (3x^{2}-x-4))*ac*.*b*term.For example, 3x^{2}-x-4:

- 6x
^{2}-2x+8=2(3x^{2}-x-4). Now I need to factorise 3x^{2}-x-4 - 3•-4=-12, so the factors are 1•-12, -1•12, 2•-6, -2•6, 3•-4, -3•4
- Do any of the pairs add to -1? Yep, 3+-4=-1.
- 3x
^{2}+3x-4x-4 - 3x(x+1) - 4(x+1) = (3x-4)(x+1). So the answer is 6x
^{2}-2x+8=2(3x-4)(x+1).

What does the graph of f(x)=x^{2} look like? What are the vertex and line of symmetry?

Vertex: (0,0)

Line of symmetry: x=0

Where is the vertex and line of symmetry for

f(x)=a(b(x-h)^{2}+k)?

Vertex: (h, a•k)

Line of symmetry: x=h

How can you find the root if a quadratic equation has "two equal real roots"?

This means the discriminant is zero, so your solution is just

How do you find the x-intercept of ANY function?

You plug in 0 for y and solve for x....because when you're on the x-axis, the y-coordinate MUST be equal to 0.

How do you find the y-intercept of ANY function?

You plug in 0 for x and solve for y....because when you're on the y-axis, the x-coordinate MUST be equal to 0.

How do you know when there are two repeated real roots for ax^{2}+bx+c?

You find when the discriminant is 0.

So solve b^{2}-4ac=0.

How do you know when there are no real roots for ax^{2}+bx+c?

You find when the discriminant less than 0.

So solve b^{2}-4ac<0.

How do you know when there are two real roots for ax^{2}+bx+c?

You find when the discriminant greater than 0.

So solve b^{2}-4ac>0.

When you need to use the "complete the square" method?

Whenever you need the form of the equation to tell you the vertex.

f(x)=(x-h)^{2}+k

What's the quadratic formula?

How do you turn

f(x)=ax^{2}+bx+c

into the "vertex" form

f(x)=a(x-h)^{2}+k?

What is a **coefficient**?

A coefficient is a number that is multiplying (it is attached to) a variable, like an * x* or any other letter.

e.g.

**3**x^{2} + **2**x - 4

3 is the coefficient of x^{2},

and 2 is the coefficient of x.

What is the * leading coefficient*?

The * leading coefficient*, is the number that is attached to the x with the highest power.

e.g. in the trinomial

**4**x^{2} + 3x + 9

the leading coefficinent is **4**

What is a **constant**?

A constant is a number that is not attached to a variable (like an *x*, or any other number).

e.g. 3x^{2} + 4x + **7**

**7 is the constant**.

3 and 4 are coefficients.

3 is the leading coefficient.

What is a quadratic?

The general quadratic looks like:

**ax ^{2} + bx + c**

"Quad" means "square", which in math means to the power of 2. So a quadratic is an equation that contains an x^{2}, and this is the highest power. There can't be, for example x^{3}, nor x^{4}, and so on. Only the square is the highest power. Quadratic expression contains *three terms*, which makes it a **trinomial**.